Summit to focus on UAE’s green initiatives
Dubai, April 14, 2014
The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water will playing a key role at the 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2014) where the focus will be on ‘UAE Green Growth Strategy.’
The ministry's move comes in line with the UAE's commitment towards fostering a ‘Green Economy’ as a sustainable development path towards achieving the ‘UAE Green Growth Strategy.’
The UAE has been showing a great interest in environmental issues since its establishment in 1971. The state has seen great efforts and a developmental renaissance in the environmental field made possible through institutional and legislative enhancements and the implementation of an integrated and broad set of actions and measures based on the adoption of technical solutions and innovations and key development policies.
During the first day of the exhibition, the ministry's team showcased the UAE’s efforts to conserve the environment since its first participation in the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972 and the establishment of ministry in 2006.
The ministry also presented its current green programs that have been undertaken after its first initiative, ‘UAE Ecological Footprint (2007),’ and the more recent launching of the first ‘Global Conference on Partnership for Action on Green economy (PAGE 2014). It showcased various green activities being implemented by local government and semi-government entities as well.
Aisha Al Abdooli, the assistant undersecretary of Environmental Affairs, UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, said: "Our participation in this event complements the national commitment towards building and developing a sustainable environment and applying innovative solutions for its protection in line with the strategic directions of the UAE Government."
"The ministry will use this exhibition as a platform for presenting our ongoing efforts to enhance the sustainability of our local natural resources, maintain a reliable food supply, and promote biosecurity," she explained.
Al Abdooli pointed out that the ministry had been focusing on supporting the 'UAE Green Growth Strategy' which aims to establish a new stage of development based on eco-oriented long-term economic growth.
This, she explained, is being achieved through investments in various solutions and options, a number of which have been adopted in previous years, and continuously improving their effectiveness.
She particularly pointed out to renewable and alternative energy, green architecture, sustainable transport, cleaner production, and efficient and proper consumption of natural resources as key development areas.
Al Abdooli said that the 'Green Growth Strategy' has six strategic paths that cover various economic, social and environmental aspects: Green Energy Green Technology, Green Investment, Climate Change, Green Life, and Green Cities.-TradeArabia News Service